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A family of small single-engine piston-powered general-aviation aircraft seating two to four persons, produced by Piper since 1960.

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Starting on the left magneto only - why?

I had been flying a PA-28 Archer III for quite a few months before I sat down to properly read through the POH. Something stood out to me about the starting procedure (emphasis mine) Open the ...
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Can I sell a 1975 Piper Cherokee Archer II with no Logs?

My father had a major stroke and I’m having to sell off his assets to fund his healthcare. One of the assets is a 1975 Cherokee Archer Piper PA-28-181. Unfortunately, I can’t find his logs/...
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Why does the PA28 only have one door?

I did the majority of my PPL training in a PA28 Warrior and I've recently started transitioning over to a C172 and one thing that amazes me is how convenient it is to have a door either side of the ...
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Why does the Piper Cherokee (PA-28-140) engine have such low horsepower despite the very large displacement?

I'm sure this question could apply to many other plane engines, but specifically I'm looking at the Piper Cherokee PA-28-140. Surprisingly, it appears that the engine used, the Lycoming O-320, has ~...
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How does the fuel pump work in a PA-28 and when should I use it?

Just started flying again after 14 years and I'm taking this to the finish line this time. All my time, up till 10 am today, is in a C172. I did fly a PA 28-151 today and liked it. I do have some ...
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Is it normal practice to use 25 degrees of flaps when taking off at max weight in a PA-28-181?

I recently started renting a plane (PA-28-181) from a new flight school and had to get checked out before I had the "OK" to rent. I had brought 2 family members ...
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What is that instrument with two knobs and what looks like range rings?

I just flew a Piper Warrior today and I got confused with the instrument shown below, it's the one above the CDI and to the right of the altimeter.
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What may be the cause of hot start problems in a Lycoming fuel injected engine?

Cherokee Six, 32-300 1969. Lycoming engine is fuel injected with 450 SMOH. Cold starts are easy: 1/2" throttle, full rich, fuel pump on and hit starter after fuel flow starts. Runs great once running. ...
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Where can I find (or how can I calculate) the glide ratio for a PA-28-181?

I'm filling out ForeFlight's new glide slope feature, and I'm trying to find the glide ratio for a Piper Archer II (PA-28-181). I know the best glide speed is 76, but can't find the glide ratio. Any ...
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Unclear about how you can have high RPM but no power

I did see this question: Manifold pressure vs power vs rpm But I'm still a bit unclear about the following. I've only flown cherokee pa28s, so I might not have empirical knowledge of the following. I ...
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Why would a plane fly in circles?

(From FlightRadar24) Why would a pilot fly a plane (a Piper PA-28, N41622) like this? This was around 18:00 Eastern time at Pensacola, Florida (PNS) on October 20, 2022. This plane shows as "...
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If alternator fails and I'm running on battery power, what equipment can I turn off to conserve power?

For a PPL, if the alternator goes out and I'm running on battery power, the typical advice is turn off what you can to conserve power. But what exactly is safe/unsafe, or order in which to turn off ...
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Is it safe to fly if the flaps won't retract on ground?

The Piper Archer (PA-28) i had this morning had issues returning flaps to normal after being fully extended ON THE GROUND. It required a non trivial amount of push on the air-frame itself to restore ...
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Where is the fuel vent on a Piper Archer TX?

I realized I haven't really noticed where the fuel vent is for the 2016 Piper Archer TX that I've flown, but I assume the fuel is vented from the fuel cap. Is that correct?
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What do a "sheared pump drive" and a "possible sticky vacuum regulator" mean?

The POH for a PA28 (engine driven vacuum pump) says a decrease in pressure on the gyro suction gauge may indicate a possible sticky vacuum regulator. A zero pressure indication means a sheared pump ...
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Nose gear weights

I’ve been reading about aircraft tugs and how some of them utilise a cradle design to hold the nose/tailwheel so the aircraft can be manoeuvred. Given my background in electrical engineering, I have ...
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What are the "Start & Acc" and "Pitch stab" circuit breakers for on the Piper Dakota?

I am learning to fly a piper dakota and I found two circuit breakers for which I can't find an explanation: Start & Acc circuit breaker. I understand that 'Start' is for the starter. What does '...
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Will I have to do a checkout ride at a rental place if I'm already familiar with the aircraft type?

I've done my training and checkride on Piper Archer (PA-28A). Will a rental place make me take an checkout ride with an instructor if I wanted to rent the same plane model?
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Where is the pitot static drain located on a Piper PA-28?

Some PA-28 airplanes have pitot static drain where the pilot pushes 2 buttons to open the system. But where does the water drip out from the airplane? Is there a hole underneath the airplane? Where? ...
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What are the equations to compute takeoff and landing distance?

I am flying a Piper 28-336 Dakota. Based on this paper I was able to reproduce the take-off distances from the POH and incorporate the calculations directly in Excel. It can be seen that the effects ...
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How could a PA-28 be made to fly higher?

How would I have to modify the Piper PA-28 to fly at 25,000 feet (same as PA-34 and PA-46)? Could it fly higher? Larger wings, other wingform, bigger motor something else? Do you have to change the ...
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Can a turbo aircraft be converted to non-turbo?

I'm specifically thinking about the Arrow III. There are hundreds or possibly thousands of turbo Arrow III's, but almost no non-turbos. Could I buy an Arrow III Turbo (PA-28R-201T) that is at TBO ...
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Does weight affect the fuel burn calculations in a light GA airplane?

When calculating fuel burn in say a Piper Archer, I usually just use the conservative estimate of 10GPH, but, does the weight of the aircraft affect my fuel burn? Assuming I have full fuel and am ...
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What type of antenna is this?

I’m just getting more into airplanes and trying to do a project on antennas. This airplane example is a Piper PA-28-181 Archer II. I’ve labeled all the antennas, and I’ve noticed there’s a lot! I’m ...
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Are Lycoming O-360-A4M engines generally known to have right magneto issues at low power settings?

TLDR - I am renting a PA-28 181 (engine Lycoming O-360-A4M), and have noticed that the right mag is rough at low power settings. During before takeoff power checks, both magnetos operate as expected, ...
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PTT mutes mic w/ A20, Delta Zulu, works with older headsets

New airplane to me. Coms work great using an older headset, David Clark or other brand. When using my Delta Zulu or Bose A20 the intercoms works fine until you press the PTT. When pressed the radio ...
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HSI KG 525 PNI non slaved or only slaved?

I'm in Germany and currently on a project about the avionics of an older airplane (PA28). Here is a link to a former reddit question. My Prof. and me want to update the Avionics now - he asked me to ...
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Does the Piper PA-28 Cherokee have a limitation on its maximum lifetime flight hours?

Is there a lifetime limit on the (airframe) flying hours of an aircraft (specifically the Piper Cherokee)?
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How much force can the landing gear of a Piper Arrow withstand?

I'm currently working on my CFI-A in a Piper Arrow and i was wondering if anyone knows how much force the landing gear can withstand? The reason I ask is because I have never been asked this question ...
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Is it allowed and/or safe to place objects on the dash in a PA28?

I am told by my maintenance engineer that NOTHING is to be put on the dashboard area above the instrument panel - this is where I keep my DUAL GPS to have an unobstructed view of the sky. It was ...
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What does the last digit mean in a Piper Arrow model number?

The Piper Arrow's model is PA-28R-201. At first, I thought that 201 means horsepower but the Arrow's HP is 200 so I figured that's not the case. What does it stand for?
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Constant speed propeller blade pitch compared to fixed-pitch

I just transitioned to a complex airplane (Piper Arrow II). While I get how to use the Manifold Pressure / Propeller levers, I still find myself trying to piece together how all the components would ...
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Piper Cherokee - Flying with inoperative equipment

I've looked everywhere and I'm not able to find the relevant information regarding the following. What equipment can be inoperative and still allow me to fly a pa-28-181? I know the rules in the 91....
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Where exactly are the heating elements in the PA-28-180's pitot mast?

I am flying a PA-28-180 but have been unable to find where inside the pitot mast the heating elements would be. I would like to know this to verify my assumption it does not work in the airplane I am ...
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How can I troubleshoot an intercom interference issue in a Piper PA-28?

Our Piper PA28-181 doesn't want to let us communicate via its own intercom panel in the dashboard. We connect via the pilot port and an "Intercom SL300". When connected there is a annoying sound on ...
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How far apart are the rudder pedals on a Piper PA-28?

How far is the left rudder pedal from the right pedal on a Piper PA-28? I assume the left and right seats have equal pedal spacing, but if not, the left seat is what I would like to know.
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For the purposes of complying with an AD, what exactly does "missing and/or incomplete maintenance records" mean?

I'm considering the purchase of a Piper PA-28R Arrow. I calculated the factored service hours which came up to around 2500 or half of the required FSH to make it subject to the recent Piper wing spar ...
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What is the static thrust of a Piper Arrow III?

I want to find out what's the static thrust of a Piper Arrow III (non-turbo) with Mc Cauley propeller at T/O (max) power as function of the air density. I can't find it in the manual, I know the ...
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